Rose Daughter

Rose Daughter

by Robin Mckinley

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Twenty years ago, Robin McKinley dazzled readers with the power of her novel Beauty. Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist returns to the story of Beauty and the Beast with a fresh perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight.

With Rose Daughter, she presents her finest and most deeply felt work—a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441005833
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 139,115
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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Her earliest memory was of waking from the dream. It was also her only clear memory of her mother. Her mother was beautiful, dashing, the toast of the town. Her youngest daughter remembered the blur of activity, friends and hangers-on, soothsayers and staff, the bad-tempered pet dragon on a leash--bad-tempered on account of the ocarunda leaves in his food, which prevented him from producing any more fire than might occasionally singe his wary handler, but which also upset his digestion--the constant glamour and motion which was her mother and her mother's world. She remembered peeping out at her mother from around various thresholds before various nurses and governesses (hired by her dull merchant father) snatched her away.

She remembered too, although she was too young to put it into words, the excitability, no, the restlessness of her mother's manner, a restlessness of a too-acute alertness in search of something that cannot be found. But such were the brightness and ardor of her mother's personality that those around her were also swept up into her search, not knowing it was a search, happy merely to be a part of such liveliness and gaiety.

The only thing that ever lingered was the sweet smell of her mother's perfume.

Her only memory of her mother's face was from the night she woke from the dream for the first time, crying in terror. In the dream she had been walking--she could barely walk yet in her waking life--toddling down a long dark corridor, only vaguely lit by a few candles set too far into their sconces, too high up in the walls. The shadows stretched everywhere round her, and that was terrible enough; and the silence was almost as dreadful as the darkness. Butwhat was even worse was that she knew a wicked monster waited for her at the end of the corridor. It was the wickedest monster that had ever lived, and waiting just for her, and she was all alone.

Copyright ) 1997 by Robin McKinley Rose Daughter. Copyright © by Robin McKinley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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“Dazzling…has the power to exhilarate.”—Publishers Weekly

“Luxuriant…the story is full of silvery images.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Every sentence and every occurrence seems infused by magic.”—Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Rose Daughter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have forever been etranced by the story of Beauty and the Beast. This perpective is by far the most beautifully written and sensually appettizing. I truly recommend any person that very individual who is interested in the Beauty and the Beast fable to read this novel and absorb each aspect Robin McKinnley introduces.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rose Daughter is fantastic! The way she writes it is strange and different but enchanting. I couldn't put it down! This book seems like a longer, more in depth version of her book, Beauty, but it is still amazing. The ending highly satisfied me because it is not your traditional Beauty and the Beast ending and I loved it a lot! Though nothing can compare to the magic of Disney's Beauty and the Beast this is a book that should not go without being read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was about thirteen when I first read this, and I remember absolutely loving it! I think you have to have patience and maturity in order to fully appreciate this book. The detail and the writing weave around you like a spell. I definately reccommend this to young girls, and I think it is the best re-telling of Beauty and the Beast that I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I have to agree with some reviewers one the fact that this story takes a while to get to the conflict, the end result is incredible. This is definately my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Every little detail in the book winds into a satisfying and truly wonderful end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED Rose Daughter! It gives Beauty and the Beast a shocking new twist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another great book of McKinley's. It is much better than the normal version of Beauty and the Beast; McKinley makes fairy tales seem possible. READ THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is the one of best stories I ever read. If you like to read fairy tales or magic or nature this is definately the book for you. I read this book in one night because of the excitment and love. As I was reading I was getting a better idea of what McKinley was talking about. The greenwitch stuff and all. I truely recommend this book as well as all of Robin McKinley's books. This book definately deserves five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beauty and the Beast could never measure up to Robin McKinley's version, Rose Daughter. In this captivating tale Beauty finds true love in what she thought would be her imprisonment. The story is touching with a great perception of the heartbreak of a young girl forced from her own home, but stays true to the love that was meant to be. In my opinion it outdoes any other versions of Beauty and the Beast ever written, including the original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robin McKinley captivated the true essence of the story 'Beauty and the Beast' in this heartwarming tale of a woman taken from her home to be in care of a horendous monster only to find true love in the most unexpected place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book sends me into a world of romance and wonder. I was enchanted by a quiet girl named Beauty, who charmed the heart of a monster. I could not put it down! I am 12, going on thirteen, but no matter how old you are, you will be entranced by this classic retelling of a wonderful story. The way she puts her words together are like magic, truly wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rose Daughter, written by Robin McKinley, is a fantasy about a girl named Beauty and her family. Beauty, her father and two sisters, Lionheart and Jeweltongue, are forced out of their house and they move away to a little cottage on the edge of a small town. Here, Beauty takes care of the garden and brings back to life the magical roses that once grew there. Continuing in the original Beauty and the Beast theme, Beauty is forced to go to the Beast¿s enchanted castle, because of a rose her father took for her. There Beauty helps the Beast bring his garden of roses back to life; at the same time she falls in love with him. The ending is surprising. Robin McKinley brings out a more interesting version of Beauty and the Beast, and a beautiful love story. The beginning ties in nicely with the story; she shows many examples of foreshadowing. Anyone who loves the story of Beauty and the Beast will love this book. The beginning is a little lengthy, but once past that the story flows nicely. I definitely recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great romance story. I love Beauty and the Beast stories and this one, along with 'Beauty' (also by Robin Mckinley), is my favorite. This book can be read over and over, the symbolism is captivating. An excellent book for girls of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of Robin McKinley's books, and I like them all. This one was really good... READ IT!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Not very imaginative and hard to follow at times.
thelorelei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Rose Daughter" is Robin McKinley's second take on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, and boy did I have trouble with it as a teenager. I think it is because it is definitely a more mature look at the story; I just reread it for the second time after several years and this time around I understood the intent behind this new rendition. This isn't intended to be cryptic, just to explain that as an idealist teenager, there were some things I didn't "get" about McKinley's new version. One very interesting aspect of the story is that it is much more directly allegorical than her first book, "Beauty." In this retelling, Beauty's sisters are named "Jeweltongue" and "Lionheart," and they interact with characters such as the seamstress, "Mrs. Bestcloth," and the squire, "Mr. Trueword." The core of the story is the familiar arch of the merchant's family that loses everything in financial ruin, and moves to the country in their hardship. Of course Beauty sacrifices herself in order to save her father when he steals a rose from the castle of a mysterious Beast, and of course she ends up falling in love with this Beast. But the depth with which McKinley paints the experience of loneliness, regret, and heartbreak is something quite beautiful to read, and hard to describe in just a few short paragraphs. Read this for a moving love story (one with a lot of beautiful descriptions of roses).
MuseofIre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is supposed to be McKinley's more considered and mature take on the Beauty and the Beast story, but I think it's clearly lacking something poignant that Beauty captured perfectly. I do like the characters of the sisters, and the way they build their new lives entirely on their own, without the help of any men. But I don't buy that the kind of love this story requires can be built in a week (even an enchanted week), most of which Beauty spends gardening; I think the story of exactly who the Beast is and how he became that way is extremely murky and unconvincing; and there's way too much minutia about growing roses -- and that's even before we get to the part about unicorn dung compost.
deslivres5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this as much as McKinley's Beauty, her earlier retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. But she ended Rose Daughter as I always wanted this tale to end.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The most amazing thing about this book is that it is so completely different from Ms. McKinley's first re-writing of beauty and the beast. Almost everything about the first book is turned on its head in this re-telling - and yet, I love it equally well. Some things I thought were fun: all the names of people (and even places) are descriptive (Lionheart, Jeweltongue, Longchance). They all suggest things about character and fit well with the main characters (whose names are certainly roles too). The roses are a treasure trove for any rose gardener - there is so much about them. The scents and colors and personalities are all loving described as only someone who loves roses could do. I liked the ending - the idea that love can transcend appearance and it doesn't have to be rewarded in the end with perfection (physical or otherwise). Very satisfying to read this re-visiting of the famous fairy tale - and the author's note at the end is a bonus!
BugsyBoog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this beautiful and graceful novel, McKinley retells the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. Typical of McKinley¿s books, the prose is grand and poetic, truly a joy to read. While this has many of the traditional elements of Beauty and the Beast, it includes other intriguing additions like sorcerers, a greenwich, unicorns, and Beauty¿s green thumb for roses. Beauty¿s father offends the Beast, whose palace provided him safety in a winter storm. The beast made him promise to bring him one of his daughters. When Beauty comes to the castle, she is terrified but intrigued by the Beast, but even more so by his dying rose garden in a greenhouse. Beauty dines with the Beast each night and gently tells him no every night when he asks her to marry him. Beauty tends the gardens until she gets the roses to bloom, and then goes back to her family, promising the Beast she will return before the last petal on his rose falls. Almost too late, she declares her love to save the Beast when she returns. This version has a surprising ending that shows true love: the beast does not turn back into a handsome prince, but he and Beauty live happily ever after in a simple life. 5 Stars¿beautiful imagery of the ever-changing magical castle, a well-told tale that shows Beauty as a deep, thoughtful and kind person.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is cheating on Ms McKinley¿s part ¿ she¿s already written her own version of 'Beauty and the Beast', why do another one? This is not so very much different from the earlier book, although the stuff about roses was quite fascinating. I¿m sure there¿s more to growing cuttings than just sticking twigs in the ground and adding fertiliser, but really, who knows?
RivkaBelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Where Beauty is a sweet, simple retelling of the story, Rose Daughter reflects a more complex and detailed telling. It was engrossing, reminding me of the way I felt reading Pegasus - it was a story that got deep inside me, invading my dreams and making me think. There's more magic, more danger, more development of both characters and the story. It's a complicated story that tugs at the heart and gets into your head. It's a story that requires more of you, as reader, than Beauty did. And I like that. Actually, I love that - I want to get involved with the books I'm reading. (Though I will say I'm very glad I didn't end up crying my eyes out while reading this one like I did during Pegasus!) I was swept up in the story and carried along until the ending - which caught my entirely by surprise. And yet, even though I wasn't expecting it to end the way it did, I was pleased - delightfully happy - with the ending.
Sorrel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rose Daughter is a beautiful retelling of The Beauty and the Beast. McKinley¿s focus on relationship building is what appealed to me the most, and not just between Beauty and the beast: I really enjoyed reading about Beauty¿s family as well. On the whole, the writing is good, but toward the end of the book I found myself tripping over some of the author¿s stylistic choices. There is a lot of repetition and rephrasing that began to draw attention away from the story and more toward its construction the more I noticed it.
kidlitlist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very different in feel to her original re-telling of this story. Didn't appeal quite as much.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I do prefer Beauty to Rose Daughter - Grace and Hope and Beauty seem much more like real people, while Lionheart and Jeweltongue and Beauty are more fairy-tale characters, somewhat abstract and unreal. And I still have no idea who/what their mother was - not the simulacrum, not her daughter or descendant, but...linked somehow? Or something. Which leaves the story a little unfinished. So with all that - it is only a good story, not one of my favorites like Beauty. The roses are very symbolic, but also very real - I like this Beauty best when she's dealing with the roses and the animals, and resolutely ignoring the oddnesses of the palace. It's a very rich story, for all its fairy-tale flavor - one of those you can spend a lot of time thinking about when you've finished reading it. But being me - I'm now going to reread Beauty.
aprildt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This author's other spinning of Beauty & the Beast. I think I like Beauty better. This one was really good, though, and perhaps better developed. The Beast is clearer drawn, Beauty has a larger role in the breaking of the spell. Sometimes McKinley gets swept up in her grand descriptions. I think she forgets that lucidity should be one of a writer's goals, not just turning out beautiful phrases one has to wade through.